March 16th, 2019 2-4PM: Artist Receptions for Alonzo Davis and Angela White

We are very pleased to announce our early spring exhibitions and invite you to the opening receptions.  We will have two new solo exhibitions opening on March 9th, 2019,  Saturday afternoon 2-4PM.

NOMAD: The Art of Alonzo Davis
Forum Gallery and the Margaret W. & Joseph L.  Fisher Art Gallery
We pleased to present work from two of Alonzo Davis’s recent series, the Navigation Series and the Migrant Series. The Navigation Series is inspired by Alonzo’s long-time fascination with Micronesian navigation stick charts. Once used by the Marshall Islanders of Micronesia, the charts, studies of Pacific swell patterns and island locations, helped mariners navigate the waters in and around the region by canoe. The “Migrant Series” is a body of works that express our need for national and world concern of peoples having to leave their homeland because of inhumane conditions.The work in the series are approximately 14″w x 16″h x 5″d; each containing encaustic boats made of bamboo on a mixed media collage painting, with encaustic wax on board with burned and painted bamboo.

To learn more about Alonzo’s work, visit his About the Artist page.

COMING TO LIGHT: The Encaustics of Angela White
Passage Gallery
Angela White is a fine artist inspired by physical, spiritual and emotional memories that create the visual depth and density of her work. Abstracts and seascapes compose the majority of her compositions. Natural and sensual materials such as oils and encaustic paint allow the blending of edges to create visual depth. By superimposing layers of media, the varied themes and processes of her work are exposed.

To learn more about Angela, please visit her About the Artist Page.

January 19th, 2019 2-4PM Opening for Brian Dailey, Azadeh Saheraien and Reem Akked Dardari

The Schlesinger Forum galleries is pleased to present the two major projects by Brian Dailey in collaboration with the Photography and Media Department of Northern Virginia Community College. The first opening event for this exhibition is this Saturday at the Forum Galleries.

American in Color and WORDS by Brian Dailey

America in Color by Brian Dailey

Over the course of a two-year period, Brian Dailey traveled across the country with the objective of capturing individual portraits of the uncelebrated American electorate. He organized impromptu photo shoots with more than 1,200 citizens, including those with no interest in politics or voting. In the portraits, each individual expresses their personal identity casually in dress and pose, while their political identity is a chosen backdrop: blue for Democrat, red for Republican, grey for Independent, green for the Green Party and orange for those who do not vote. The resulting body of work, “America in Color” challenges our perceptions of the many components and individuals that shape the American political process.

Form and Formation by Azadeh Sahraeian

Azadeh Sahraeian

As an architect and artist I like to create living things; not biologically alive but things that have a perceptible degree of life. Observing natural and man-made patterns and complex systems enable me to define my method in art. Hence, instead of replicating finished forms that are already settled, whether as images in the mind or as objects in the world I’d rather follow the order of these natural and artificial structures in order to generate my artworks based on their properties and characteristics.

Syriana: Paintings by Reem Akkad Dardari

Reem Akkad Dardari

Syriana  is a series of very personal statements of intellectual and emotional reflections on the humanitarian catastrophe we now lightly call, the Syrian conflict. They vary in color, from the blue of the Mediterranean, swallowing thousands of unwanted refugees, to the grey of flattened cement and the rubble of deformed “skylines”. Unidentified figures of children frozen by fear, with a man weeping in silence.

Tangling Shadows by Joan Belmar

Thinking, Tangling Shadows by Pablo Neruda

Thinking, tangling shadows in the deep solitude.
You are far away too, oh farther than anyone.
Thinking, freeing birds, dissolving images,
burying lamps.

Belfry of fogs, how far away, up there!
Stifling laments, milling shadowy hopes,
taciturn miller, night falls on you face downward, far from the city.

Your presence is foreign, as strange to me as a thing.
I think, I explore great tracts of my life before you.
My life before anyone, my harsh life.
The shout facing the sea, among the rocks,
running free, mad, in the sea-spray.
The sad rage, the shout, the solitude of the sea.
Headlong, violent, stretched towards the sky.

You, woman, what were you there, what ray, what vane
of that immense fan? You were as far as you are now.
Fire in the forest! Burn in blue crosses.
Burn, burn, flame up, sparkle in trees of light.

It collapses, crackling. Fire. Fire.
And my soul dances, seared with curls of fire.
Who calls? What silence peopled with echoes?
Hour of nostalgia, hour of happiness, hour of solitude.
Hour that is mine from among them all!
Megaphone in which the wind passes singing.
Such a passion of weeping tied to my body.

Shaking of all the roots,
attack of all the waves!
My soul wandered, happy, sad, unending.

Thinking, burying lamps in the deep solitude.

Who are you, who are you?

Our current artium installation by Joan Belmar is inspired by the poem, Thinking Tangling Shadows by Pablo Neruda.

To learn more about Joan Belmar visit his about the artist page, follow him on Instagram at @JoanBelmar and visit his website at joanbelmar.com

The recording of Thinking, Tangling Shadows is voiced by Stephen Shetler.

August 4th, 2018 Opening Receptions 2-4PM – Wu, Holt, Button and Belmar

Summer Art Receptions for three new exhibitions will be help Saturday August 4th, 2018 2-4PM. In the Fisher Gallery, there is a two person exhibition, A Sociology in Layers: Selected Works by Jenny the Wu and Michael Patrick Holt. The Passage Gallery has a solo exhibition of collages and paintings by Linda Button titled Communion, An Exhibit of Egos and Ids. In the atrium, Tangling Shadows, A site specific installation, Tangling Shadows by Joan Belmar opens and will be on exhibit throughout the fall.

LInda Button

Jenny the Wu and Michael Patrick Holt

Joan Belmar, Site Specific Installation “Tangling Shadows”

The address for the Schlesinger Arts Center is 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria Va, 22311 on the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus. Parking is available.

Undercurrents: Monotypes by Adjoa J. Burrowes

Behind the Eight Ball
Behind the Eight Ball

Starting March 9, 2018, the Passage Gallery of the Schlesinger Center will be exhibiting a new printmaking exhibition, Undercurrents: Monotypes by Adjoa J. Burrowes. These recent abstract monotypes explore the angst and uncertainty of contemporary times. As the artists states: The immediacy of monotypes appeal to me in its urgency and uniqueness. No two are alike. My large predominately black textured works, with spots of color, were printed from reclaimed plastic wrapping and recall aerial photos of burnt out cities and landscapes, the result of fire storms or urban violence.

The artist reception is Saturday, March 24, 2018 4-6PM.

To learn more about Adjoa, visit her About the Artist page.

Hope is an Echo

“Hope is an Echo” is part of the Passages: Monotypes by Clare Winslow exhibition in the Passage Gallery.

Clare is frequently inspired by the work of poets.

Hope is an Echo by Carl Sandburg is one of her inspirations.

Hope is an Echo

Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time.

Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white

The evening star inviolable over the coal mines,

The shimmer of northern lights across a bitter winter night,

The blue hills beyond the smoke of the steel works,

The birds who go on singing to their mates in peace, war, peace,

The ten-cent crocus bulb blooming in a used-car salesroom,

The horseshoe over the door, the luckpiece in the pocket,

The kiss and the comforting laugh and resolve—

Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.

The spring grass showing itself where least expected,

The rolling fluff of white clouds on a changeable sky,

The broadcast of strings from Japan, bells from Moscow,

Of the voice of the prime minister of Sweden carried

Across the sea in behalf of a world family of nations

And children singing chorals of the Christ child

And Bach being broadcast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

And tall skyscrapers practically empty of tenants

And the hands of strong men groping for handholds

And the Salvation Army singing God loves us….

  • Carl Sandburg

Small Domestic Miracles: Works by Emily R. Shepardson

Emily Shepardson Monotype - Crossing into AutumnEmily R. Shepardson will be having a solo exhibition entitled Small Domestic Miracles in the Fisher Gallery of prints and paintings starting January 20, 2018 and running through March 5, 2018. There will be a artist reception on Saturday afternoon, February 10, 2018 2-4PM.

Emily is a printmaker and painter who describes her process has collage-like. For a print she will begin with a series of different plates and stencils layers and combined until the final image is achieved.

She describes small domestic miracles as household magic like soaking white napkins in bleach to remove food stains, or perfectly gluing a broken cup back together again. It could also be catching sight of a tangle of birds circling over the house or having a crow follow me to work. In my art, it’s a glimpse of a swan in the creek, or the shadow touch of a hand on your back.

You can follow Emily on Instagram at @shepardsonemily

Memory, Mostly Self by Wayson R. Jones

The Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center will display a unique series of acrylic portrait paintings by artist Wayson R. Jones. The show, Memory, Mostly Self, will be on display in the gallery from June 9 to July 30 with an opening reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8. Jones has used old snapshots of himself as a child to influence previous work. For Memory, Mostly Self, he wanted to combine the energy of his childhood image with archetypal images from popular magazines Ebony and Jet.

Cool Hat, powdered graphite, acrylic medium, gesso on paper, 14” x 17″

Theme & Variations by Sally Canzoneri

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will open its second show of the 2017 season on March 3 with the collection Theme & Variations by artist Sally Canzoneri. The art show will be on display through April 13 with an artist’s reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.

Old Street Suite, 6.25″ x 6.25″ x 1″, sculptural artist book

2017 Exhibition Roster for Schlesinger Arts Center Galleries

Thank you to all the incredible artists that submitted for the 2017 calendar year. We are excited by the excellence of working artists in the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland region.  Our creative community is vibrant!.

Below is Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center – Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus list of exhibiting artists for the 2017 calendar year. The exhibition schedule will be forthcoming. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.

2017 Roster of Visual Artists for the Schlesinger Arts Center

Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery

Winston Harris
Wilfredo Valladares
Nahid Navab and Nasrin Navad
Kyujin Lee
Annie Farrar
Wayson Jones
Sally Canzoneri

Forum Gallery

Winston Harris
Cheryl Edwards

Forum and Passage Gallery

Maremi Andreozzi
Amelia Hankin
Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva & Sarah O’Donoghue

Passage Gallery

Emily Shepardson
Lina Alattar
Katherine Akey
Lisa Rosenstein
Lonnie Paul

Site Specific Installation

John M. Adams
Susan Hostetler